Kayak Plans (Long)
Rodger Morris (rodger@FISHNET.NET)
Wed, 4 Sep 1996 13:27:05 -0700
Quite a few additional requests have come in for information on how to
build a plywood and canvas folding kayak. This brings the total to about
36 requests by Scouters from Australia, Brazil, Canada, New Zealand and
I had no idea these plans would turn out to be so much in demand!
I spoke with Steven Koller, the Scoutmaster of Troop 128 after getting
home tonight (Tuesday, 03 SEP 96) whilst I was preparing to go to my
weekly troop meeting. Steve told me the following things:
1) The original plans came from a 1963 issue of "Popular Mechanics"
magazine. He thinks it was the April issue, but his copy was at the
Troop 128 Scout Hut.
2) Troop 128 has indeed made some modifications to those plans, both
to simplify the construction process and to take advantage of new
materials and procedures that have been developed in the last third of
3) Troop 128 has not written down these procedures and modifications. They
exist as "corporate knowledge" that is passed down from leader to leader
by hands-on instruction.
4) Troop 128 has constructed over 200 of these kayaks since 1963.
5) The copies of the "Popular Mechanics" plans for these kayaks have gone
through so many "generations" of photoreproduction that the illustrations
are all but unreadable.
6) He will talk with his Scouters about committing the kayak plans to
paper, redoing the diagrams, and taking a few pictures of the processes
It looks as though we will be meeting face-to-face on Thursday evening
to discuss the mechanics of how best to do this project. I intend to give
Steve hard copies of all of the requests for these plans, as I think it
will graphically demonstrate to him and the other Scouters of Troop 128
just how widespread the interest is in their folding kayaks.
As an aside, Steve does _not_ recommend these kayaks for whitewater
activities or for sea kayaking outside of sheltered harbors. They are
intended for still water and smoothly running rivers.
My response list now includes:
Paul C. Adling <email@example.com>
Judy Barnett <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Mike Behlen <email@example.com>
Peter E. Burt <firstname.lastname@example.org>
golden cliff <email@example.com>
Michael Cooper <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Ed Darrell <EDarr1776@aol.com>
Ronald Dean <email@example.com>
Ken DeVilbiss <Ken_DeVilbiss@stkamer.stortek.com>
"Ronald W. Fox" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Janann Giles <JGILES@asc.scottlan.edu>
Marc Godbout <email@example.com>
Roland Harding <rcthard@NETLINK.CO.NZ>
"HENRY S. HEINE" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Kevin Henderson <email@example.com>
Larry Jones <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Steven G. LaPha, Jr. <email@example.com>
John Leckner <jleckner@CapAccess.org>
Robert Lewis <firstname.lastname@example.org>
James A Lindberg <email@example.com>
jean marconi <firstname.lastname@example.org>
"Pat Meehan" <email@example.com>
Deb Morrow <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Pete Murray <email@example.com>
William Myers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
"Bates Noble, M.D." <70065.174@CompuServe.COM>
"Grant O'Neil" <email@example.com>
Wayne Pennington <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Stephen Puetz <email@example.com>
Robert Scheneman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
"Dale B. Thompson" <email@example.com>
Charlie Thorpe <firstname.lastname@example.org>
"Steve Tobin" <email@example.com>
Rick Touchette <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Doug Wilson <email@example.com>
If I have missed anybody or otherwise erred, or if anybody else would
like these plans, please send me e-mail so I can add you to the list.
To Mike Bowman and others of the U.S. Scouting Service Project:
The volume of responses I have received seems to warrant a Web page
on how to make these kayaks. I trust that you concur. Indeed, plans
for more than one kind would be _great_!!
Thanks for offering to add the plans to the FTP archives of the USSSP.
I'll take you up on that when I have them in hand.
It looks like this is going to be a much more intensive project than
I had thought when I volunteered the original information. Isn't this
always the case?!
I'll set up a mail list out of the Eudora mail package I am using in
order to keep you who are interested in these plans up to date as to
the progress or lack of it in completing this project.
Yours in Scouting,
Rodger Morris <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Scoutmaster, Troop 852 Woodbadge 416-18
Ventura County Council Philmont, 1973
Camarillo, California, USA "I used to be a Beaver..."
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City